Friday 31 May 2024

2506. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Irish Republic Public Art Featured On Latest Issue.

New Issues -

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช An Post (postal service of the Republic of Ireland) -

30 May 2024 - Public art - 4 self-adhesive stamps sold in a booklet containing one of each stamp. Designed by Unthink and lithographed by Enschedรฉ. Rating:- **.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India Post -

2024 - 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting hosted by the Indian Government in Kuch, My Stamp personalised stamp - 1 stamp issued in sheetlets of 12 with attached labels and sold at a premium.

Commonwealth countries and territories which are not yet known to have issued, or had issued on their behalf, any legitimate postage stamps up until the end of May 2024 -

Aitutaki Cook Islands 


Antigua and Barbuda 



 British Antarctic Territory 

British Indian Ocean Territory 

British Virgin Islands 


Cayman Islands 

Cook Islands including Rarotonga 





Grenada Carriacou and Petite Martinique 



Kingdom of eSwatini 











Papua New Guinea 

Penrhyn Cook Islands 

Pitcairn Islands 

Ross Dependency 


St Helena 

Saint Lucia 

St Kitts

St Vincent and The Grenadines 


Solomon Islands 

The Gambia



Trinidad and Tobago 



United Republic of Tanzania 



Therefore by the end of May, 49 out of 88 (55.7%) of Commonwealth philatelic entities are not known to have issued, or had issued on their behalf any legitimate postage stamps in 2024. This compares with the figure of 55 (62.5%) at the end of April 2024 and with the figure of 35 (39.8%) at the end of May 2023.

Thursday 30 May 2024

2505. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail New Stamps Feature The Postman’s Best Friend - The Dog.


New issues -

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail

6 June 2024 - Dogs - 10 stamps issued in 2 se-tenant strips each of 5 different stamps (5 x 2nd and 5 x 1st) (face value of set £11) and 1 ‘Collectors sheet’ containing the 10 different stamps each with attached labels and sold for £12.20). Designed by Royal Mail Group Ltd and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 14.5.  Rating:-  .****.

There seems to be no reason to issue stamps on this subject this year though if the set had been released last year it would have coincided with the 150th anniversary of the Kennel Club, a subject worthy of commemoration. This issue follows on also from the 2023 set depicting various types of domestic cats. I should rate it low but as a collector of ‘Labradors on stamps’ I am unable to resist this issue which uses some excellent photographs in its designs. It coukd be a very popular issue as there are many popular breeds depicted on the stamps and many dog lovers might want to buy them to use on mail if they ever want to send a letter to someone through the post.

Monday 27 May 2024

2504. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia Commemorates Its Friendship With China.


๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Pos Malaysia -
31 May 2024 - 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and The Peoples Republic of China, Joint issue - 2 stamps as a se-tenant pair. Lithographed. Rating:- ***

  It has to be said that the designs of the pair of stamps issued by China Post as its contribution to this joint issue are altogether more stylish -

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bangladesh Post -

26 January 2024 - ‘Great Independence Day and National Day 2024’ - 1 stamp. Rating:- ***

7 March 2024 - ‘The Historic 7 March’ Day 2024 - 1 stamp. Rating:- ***.

17 March 2024 - anniversary of the birth of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Father of Bangladesh - 1 stamp. Rating- ***.

17 May - World Telecommunications and Information Society Day - 1 stamp. Rating:- ***.

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Fiji Post -

2024 - Previously issued definitives with surcharges applied (various values on 81c value) - 10 stamps. Rating:- ****.

๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ Oman Post -

17 April 2024 - Fiftieth anniversary of June Oman magazine - 1 stamp printed in sheetlets of six. Lithographed. Rating:- **.

Friday 24 May 2024

2503. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Mickey Mouse And UPU Commemorated In Hong Kong Programme For Second Half Of 2024.


New issue programmes -

๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong Post  June-December 2024 -

26 July - “Support to the delegation of Team Hong Kong, China to Paris 2024” - 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing all 4 stamps. Rating:- ***.

12 September 2024 - ‘Disney’, American cartoon characters - 6 stamps and 5 miniature sheets (1 containing all 6 stamps, 1 containing a single $10 stamp, 1 containing a single $20 stamp die cut and with ‘3D embossing’, 1 containing a single $50 stamp die cut and with ‘22K gold foil stamping and 3D embossing’ and 1 containing all 6 stamps in self-adhesive format). Rating:- 0.

26 September 2024 - ‘Children stamps - Chinese idioms and their stories III - 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing all 6 stamps. Rating:- **.

9 October - 150th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union - 1 miniature sheet containing a single triangular stamp. Rating:- **.

19 November - ‘Hong Kong landscape - 10 natural wonders’ - 8 stamps and 2 miniature sheets (1 containing a single $10 stamp and tge the other a single embossed $20 stamp). Rating:- **.

17 December - ‘Hong Kong Palace Museum II’ - 6 stamps and 3 miniature sheets (1 containing a single $10 stamp, 1 containing a single $20 stamp with embossing and spot varnish and a ‘mini-pane’ containing 2 sets of 6). Rating:- **.